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message 1: by Vanwataure (new)

Vanwataure | 1 comments Hello,

I'm trying to add George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords" on my shelf, but I see what appears to me as some kind of discrepancy in the database.

I purchased a Voyager's edition which is cut in two parts, "Steel and Snow" and "Blood and Gold". These two books are available here:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/768889.A_Storm_of_Swords
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7741994-a-storm-of-swords

First problem, the first part is only labelled as "A Song of Ice and Fire, #3", which means that the second part isn't referenced correctly because "A Song of Ice and Fire, #4" corresponds to "A Feast for Crows". As you can see, the second part is referenced as Italian book #6, very likely because the Italian publisher cut each book in two parts (I know the French ones often do that too).

Moreover, when I search the second part's ISBN in the database, 978-0-00-711955-4, I end up with:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/147915
The description here is of the whole book, as well as its reference, not just part #2, and there's not even a cover available.

So I'm not sure exactly how the system is intended to work, but I'm pretty convinced there's a mistake somewhere, I think the most important fix is that the ISBN should point to the right book.


message 2: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 23777 comments Vanwataure, I've fixed the cover for you, unfortunately I'm not familiar enough with this epic to guess how it should go.

There'll be another librarian along soon I'm sure who can fix the problem or at least explain it.


message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42444 comments Mod
This definitely needs someone familiar with the series -- I'm not.


message 4: by Masanobu (new)

Masanobu | 10 comments I've been looking into it and it is quite a mess. I am not sure how to proceed, though.

This series (http://www.goodreads.com/series/43790...) is currently formed by 4 published novels, 3 expected more novels and a related art book.

However, the four first novels listed are usually published in two volumes each, so we get 8 books. By Goodreads standards, they shouldn't be combined with the four original tomes, since they don't have the same contents.

The first obvious step would be separating those from the original novels and combine them together with their right editions. I can do that without problem.

But then, should I create another series with the split numbering and link it with the original one, or should I do something else?


message 5: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments But then, should I create another series with the split numbering and link it with the original one, or should I do something else?

That's generally what I do in cases where the split books are numbered separately.

Sometimes you get split books which are numbered according to the original volumes, 1 part 1, 1 part 2, 2 part 1, etc., and those I list as non-primary works on the main series.

In this case, it looks like some of the splits renumber and some of them use the original numbering, so perhaps both solutions should be applied?


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